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Contact: Jefferson Darrell 416-590-1755 x.702 Jefferson@dancapproductions.com
Broadway’s Back at the Toronto Centre for the Arts!
Toronto (April 14, 2008) — Dancap Productions Inc. (Dancap) and the Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA) announced today that they have reached a mutually beneficial, long-term agreement for the 1,800-seat Main Stage. This agreement will see Dancap presenting Broadway-style shows like My Fair Lady and Jersey Boys on the Main Stage while offering fine dining with a Prix Fixe menu, all under one roof. [Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.] “Dancap is bringing Broadway back to the Toronto Centre for the Arts!” beams Aubrey Dan, President of Dancap Productions. “The Main Stage has the potential for more than 14,000 people to visit the TCA each week during a typical show’s run. When you factor in their anticipated ancillary consumer spending, our presence will have a direct economic impact for the surrounding neighbourhood and the City of Toronto. We believe that this will be a successful partnership for all three parties — Dancap Productions, the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the City of Toronto.” More than ten years have passed since award-winning, blockbuster productions such as Ragtime, Show Boat, Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance and Sunset Boulevard graced the Main Stage at what was formerly called the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. “Management at the Toronto Centre for the Arts is confident that this agreement with Dancap is a recipe that will not only bring the splendor of Broadway shows back to the Main Stage but will greatly contribute to the overall success of the TCA,” says Stan Shortt, Executive Manager of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This agreement does not affect the 1,032-seat George Weston Recital Hall or the 200-seat Studio Theatre, which have continually operated since the TCA opened in 1993. Dancap now has access to a magnificent theatre for presenting its Broadway series. Acclaimed Architect Eberhard H. Zeidler who is famous for designing two of Toronto’s other must-see tourist spots, the Eaton Centre and Ontario Place, designed the TCA. The interior of the Main Stage projects a majestic ambiance with finishes in rich tones of pewter, gold, and cream, and seats of burgundy with ebony trim. “The Main Stage is luxurious and spacious with not one bad seat in the house,” adds Dan, “it has the perfect theatrical ambiance.” The company’s first show to be presented in the venue will be the Cameron Mackintosh and the National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed new production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady from May 8 to 31. It is quite fitting that My Fair Lady will be the first large-scale commercial English language musical presented on the Main Stage at the TCA in more than ten years. says Dan. “My Fair Lady is one of those timeless and classic musicals that everyone will want to see again and again. It has continued to remain relevant and entertaining over the decades. Dancap’s presentation of My Fair Lady at the Toronto Centre for the Arts promises to be a ‘rare jewel’ that cannot be missed.” Jersey Boys will be the next smash-hit musical to be presented on the Main Stage from August 21 to October 5, 2008. ® Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30. In fact, this will be a homecoming for Toronto natives Des McAnuff, the two-time ® Tony Award-winning Director, and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo.
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Located at 5040 Yonge Street, just north of Sheppard Avenue, the area surrounding the TCA has blossomed into a bustling urban village for living, working and playing. The TCA is highly accessible by TTC (North York Centre subway) and by car (Highway 401) with plenty of convenient parking, restaurants for every conceivable palate, and budget and affordable hotels just steps away. Enjoy prix fixe dining and Broadway theatre all under one roof For theatregoers who want to avoid the potential hassles of rushing through a meal to make an opening curtain, The Toronto Centre for the Arts will now be including Dancap Prix Fixe meals. Executive Chef Kyle Hepburn of Dancap Catering Inc. (dancapcatering.com) will prepare these two- and three-course meals in their new state-of-the-art, off-site kitchen. Chef Kyle trained in classical French cuisine at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia by Worldrenowned Chef Walter Messiah from Monaco and Chef Patrice Suhner from Paris, France. The spacious and bright 5,000 square foot Piano Lounge will be transformed to serve guests in a manner that one would experience at high end dining establishments offering meals that are nutritious and delicious, yet very affordable. Children under 12 years old will be happy about their specially designed menu that was created to be tasty, nutritious and fun. “It’s all about enjoying a rewarding Broadway experience,” adds Dan. “Today, people are pressed for time and having the opportunity to be able to enjoy a delicious meal followed by a Broadway show in the same venue at a reasonable price is very sweet.” Dancap Catering offers many different event options beyond the Prix Fixe in the Piano Lounge. With this long-term agreement, the company can accommodate events from eight to 1,800 by utilizing the 40,000 square foot, two-storey Lobby or one of the fully equipped VIP suites that are suitable for up to 30 guests. About Dancap Productions Inc. Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, Dancap Productions Inc. (dancaptickets.com), is a commercial theatre company dedicated to producing the best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams. The company engages theatre lovers in Toronto and throughout Canada. On Broadway and internationally, the company’s producing and investment credits include: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical, Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, The Pirate Queen and In The Heights. Dancap Productions is also a strategic member of the theatrical development and production company Elephant Eye Theatrical which has a current slate of projects that include: The Addams Family, Bruce Lee: Journey to the West and Saved. Aubrey Dan and Dancap Productions manage the Canadian assets of Key Brand Entertainment Inc., which include: Broadway Across Canada and Toronto’s Canon and Panasonic Theatres. Mr. Dan serves on the board of Key Brand Entertainment and serves as Chairman of Broadway Across Canada. ### For more information, photos or interview requests, please contact:
Jefferson Darrell 416-590-1755 x.702 Jefferson@dancapproductions.com